2017 runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series Details and Free Printables

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time to talk about virtual running!  Last year we participated in the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts series and it was a blast!  It was a great way to stay motivated to train during the warm summer months.   We were so excited when runDisney made the announcement that races would be back again this year with a Pluto theme.

Here are some more details about the races:

  1. Runners need to register in advance with runDisney. The races cost $40.00 each or $142.00 for the challenge.
  2. There are 4 opportunities to earn the Pluto themed race bling.
  • Virtual run #1 (June 1-June 30)
  • Virtual run #2 (July 1- July 31)
  • Virtual run #3 (August 1- August 31)
  • The Virtual Running Shorts Challenge: This registration option is a commitment to run all 3 virtual 5ks within the time frames listed above. Finishers receive all the virtual 5k medals AND a special finishers medal for completing the challenge. Challenge participants also receive a free Coolcore towel.
  1. You can print a race bib for each of the virtual runs from the runDisney website on the event page for the virtual shorts under the “runner information” tab.
  2. Poof of run is not required to meet the completion requirements for the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts events. Simply go out for a 5k between the allotted dates and earn that virtual bling. You can visit the runDisney website on the event page for virtual run after completing your virtual run and enter your time to receive a complimentary printable finisher’s certificate.
  3. The Virtual Running Shorts series benefits the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando charity. RunDisney is encouraging participants to complete 1k of the series with your pet! If you registered for the entire series by April 30, runDisney will send a dog tag and a collapsible dog bowl for your furry friend.
  4. While the race registration does not include a t-shirt, you can purchase commemorative race items on the runDisney website. There is a commemorative sticker, hat, and jacket.

All three of us at Runs in Tutus are participating in the Virtual Running Shorts Challenge. As we did last year, our plan is to make the virtual races as magical as possible (we are already thinking about our race costumes). We will be sharing our virtual run experiences on Instragram and we would love to get social with the virtual races and run at the same time as some of our friends.  We thought it would be fun if we got some of our readers and Team tutu friends together (virtually) to run the virtual races at the same time. We ran virtually with some friends last year and it was a blast!  Here are the days we plan on completing each of the 5ks:

If you are registered for any of the Virtual Running Shorts and would like to join us for some Team tutu virtual fun, grab your running shoes and join us on June 17, July 2 and/or August 6. You can share your team tutu pics Instagram by using #runsintutus. Even if you can’t join us on the same day we are running we would love to see how you completed your virtual 5k!

And finally…For some extra magic – Here is a set of free printable stickers and mile markers inspired by the Virtual Running Shorts Series.   For the stickers, simply download the file, print, cut, and stick to your planner or training log using glue or an adhesive of your choice! You can also try printing onto Avery Sticker Paper. You can print out the mile markers and use them as photo stops on your race course!

Free printable stickers!!

Download the stickers here: Free stickers

Download mile markers here: Mile 1 Mile 2 Mile 3

Can’t wait to “see” all our virtual friends on the course!

  • Christine

Free Printable Wine Inspired Stickers

Wine StickersWe just got back from an extra magical weekend at the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon!  The best part of the weekend was getting to meet so many of our team tutu friends in real life. We are working on a complete race recap, but in the meantime we wanted to share some free printable stickers to commemorate the Wine and Dine fun! The set includes a sticker for the 5K, 10k, 13.1, and 19.3 distances. There are also blank stickers so you can write in a milestone of your choice.

Be our guest and download the file for free! Click here to download stickers

Directions for making stickers:

  1. Print the file on white cardstock or sticker paper (Try Avery Sticker Paper)
  2. Cut out the stickers
  3. If you print the stickers on cardstock, use glue dots, tape, or adhesive of your choice on the back of the stickers
  4. Put the stickers in your planner or training log to reward yourself for a job well done!

 

Congrats to all who ran last weekend!

-Christine

Free Printable Belle Inspired Planner Stickers

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got some serious love for Beauty and the Beast happening in my life right now. Between the new live action movie trailer, the 2017 Princess Half race theme, and the Lumiere Two Course Challenge medal release I am exploding with Disnerd happiness! We originally planned to post a recap from the runDisney Virtual Shorts series today, but I decided to hijack the blog to share some free printable Belle inspired stickers instead!

The stickers say, “This beauty runs like a beast,” and feature our favorite beauty in a pair of red running shoes!  For extra magic the set includes blank stickers to customize with your personal accomplishments.Free printable stickers

Be our guest and download the file for free here: Free printable belle sticker file

Directions for making stickers:

  1. Print the file on white cardstock or sticker paper (Try Avery Sticker Paper)
  2. Cut out the stickers
  3. If you print the stickers on cardstock, use glue dots, tape, or adhesive of your choice on the back of the stickers
  4. Put the stickers in your planner or training log to reward yourself for a job well done!

Side note: I also love the Xyron Sticker Maker. It’s super cheap and you can turn anything into a sticker – as long as it fits into the machine!

Happy training, friends!

-Christine

Free Printable Stickers – Dopey Inspired Badges

 

IMG_1170Happy summer, team tutu! It’s hard to believe it, but it is already time to start training for 2017 races! If you are registered for the runDisney Dopey Challenge (48.6 miles through Walt Disney World), the official Jeff Galloway training schedule started this week. We are so impressed by anyone who has the willpower to complete 48.6 miles! We definitely hope to do this challenge one day! In honor of Dopey training starting up, I thought I’d share a set of free printable Dopey inspired stickers to make training a little more magical.

I’ve used printable “I did it!” stickers for training runs and commemorated the Princess Half and Tinker Bell Half with some race inspired stickers. It was very motivational to see all the stickers in my training planner. We’ve also released a set of printable stickers inspired by the runDisney virtual running shorts series and it was so fun to add those to my planner while I wait for the medals to arrive. Figured fans of the Dopey race might also enjoy some planner sticker magic.

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Here is the link for the stickers: The stickers include a sticker for the 5K, 10k, 13.1, 26.2, and 48.6 distances. For extra magic the set includes an “I did it” sticker and blank stickers to customize with your personal accomplishments.

Directions for making stickers:

  1. Print the file on white cardstock or sticker paper (Try Avery Sticker Paper)
  2. Cut out the stickers
  3. If you print the stickers on cardstock, use glue dots, tape, or adhesive of your choice on the back of the stickers
  4. Put the stickers in your planner or training log to reward yourself for a job well done!

Side note: I also love the Xyron Sticker Maker. It’s super cheap and you can turn anything into a sticker – as long as it fits into the machine!

Good luck to all who are starting their journey to the Dopey Challenge in January!

-Christine

runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Details

We just got back from a wonderful weekend in Disneyland where we ran the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. It. Was. Magical. We are in the process of writing up our weekend recaps and can’t wait to share them with you!!

In the meantime, it’s time to talk about another awesome runDisney opportunity that was just announced a couple of weeks ago! Thanks to virtual magic, runDisney is now offering a series of three 5K races this summer (May 15- June 30, 2016). The series is called the Virtual Running Shorts, and it allows runners to earn runDisney bling in their own backyards!IMG_1000

Here are some more details about the races:

1. Runners need to register here in advance

2. There are 4 opportunities to earn the race bling.

  • The Yellow Shoes virtual run (May 15-June 1)
  • The Red Pants virtual run (June 5-June 18)
  • The White Glove virtual run (June 19-June 30)
  • The Virtual Running Shorts Challenge: This registration option is a commitment to run all 3 virtual 5Ks within the time frames listed above. Finishers receive all the virtual 5K medals AND a special finishers medal for completing the challenge. The challenge also includes a Mickey tumbler!

3. Proof of run is not required to meet the completion requirements for the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts events. Simply go out for a 5K between the allotted dates and earn that virtual bling.

4. The Virtual Running Shorts series benefits the Leukemia Lymphoma Society charity

All three of us at Runs in Tutus are registered for the Virtual Running Shorts Challenge. Our plan is to make the virtual races as magical as possible (we are already thinking about our race outfits). We will be live tweeting our virtual runs and sharing our virtual run experiences on Instragram. We thought it might be fun if we got some of our readers and team tutu friends together (virtually) to run the virtual races at the same time. Here are the days we plan on completing each of the 5Ks.

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If you are registered for any of the Virtual Running Shorts and would like to join us for some team tutu virtual fun, grab your running shoes and join us on May 30, June 12, and/or June 19. You can tweet along with us or share your team tutu pics Instagram or twitter by using #runsintutus.

And finally…For some extra magic – Here is a set of free printable stickers inspired by the Virtual Running Shorts Series. Simply download the file here, print, cut, and stick to your planner or training log using glue or adhesive of your choice!

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Can’t wait to “see” all our virtual friends on the course!

-Christine

Free Printable Stickers: Star Wars Dark Side Inspired Badges

It’s almost 30 days until The Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side in Orlando. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a set of free printable Dark Side inspired stickers to commemorate the magical weekend. I’ve used printable “I did it!” stickers for princess training runs and commemorated the Disney Princess Half Marathon with some mermaid inspired stickers. It was very motivational to see all the stickers in my training planner. I figured fans of the Dark Side might also enjoy some planner sticker magic.

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Click here to download the stickers. The stickers include a badge for the 5K, 10k, 13.1, and 19.3 distances. There are also stickers numbered 1-12 to reward yourself for various training run distances. For extra magic, the set includes a PR sticker and blank stickers to customize with your personal accomplishments.

Directions for making stickers:

1. Print the file on white cardstock or sticker paper (Try Avery Sticker Paper)

2. Cut out the stickers

3. If you print the stickers on cardstock, use glue dots, tape, or adhesive of your choice to the back of the stickers

4. Put the stickers in your planner or training log to reward yourself for a job well done!

Side note: I also love the Xyron Sticker Maker. It’s super cheap and you can turn anything into a sticker – as long as it fits into the machine!

May the force be with you, runners! Good luck to all who are headed to The Dark Side Half Marathon!

-Christine

Free Printable Stickers: Princess Milestone Badges

IMG_8192We had so much fun at the Disney Princess Half Marathon this weekend! The best part of the race weekend for us was spending time with all our blog friends in person. We enjoyed meeting some of our Instagram friends and fellow Disney lovers. Having such a supportive online community really helps keep us going during the long months of race training!

We will be posting a race recap over the next couple of posts. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a set of free printable stickers to commemorate the magical weekend. I’ve been using printable “I did it!” stickers for training runs, and I really wanted some stickers to use as badges for completing the races this weekend!

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You can download the stickers here. This set is mermaid themed and includes a sticker for the 5K, 10k, 13.1, and 19.3 distances. There are also blank mermaid stickers and PR stickers in the set.

Directions for making stickers:

  1. Print the file on white card stock or sticker paper (Try Avery Sticker Paper)
  2. Cut out the stickers
  3. If you print the stickers on card stock, attach glue dots, tape, or adhesive of your choice to the back of the stickers
  4. Put the stickers in your planner or training log to reward yourself for a job well done!

Side note: I also love the Xyron Sticker Maker. It’s super cheap and you can turn anything into a sticker – as long as it fits into the machine!

Congrats, Princesses!

-Christine

Free Printable “I DID IT” Stickers for Your Planner!

Confession: I dislike winter. The cold really bothers me, anyway. Between the early sunsets and cooler temps, I can find plenty of excuses to skip a run. We are currently training for the Glass Slipper Challenge and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, so I need to stay on top of my training!

I decided to make some printable princess and fairy stickers for my training log that say “I did it” to reward myself for completing my training runs and workouts, and keep me accountable during the cold winter training. I’ve been using them for about a week and so far so good. I figured I might as well share them here on the blog in case any of our readers also need some extra winter motivation.

Free printable "I did It" stickers for your planner or running log

CLICK HERE for Princess themed stickers

CLICK HERE for Tink themed stickers

Directions for making stickers:

  1. Print the file on white card stock or sticker paper. (Try Avery Sticker Paper)
  2. Cut out the stickers using a 1 inch circle punch, paper trimmer, or scissors.
  3. If you print the stickers on card stock, use glue dots, tape, or adhesive of your choice to the back of the stickers.
  4. Put the stickers in your planner or training log to reward yourself for a job well done!

Side note: I also love the Xyron Sticker Maker. It’s super cheap and you can turn anything into a sticker – as long as it fits into the machine!

Happy training!

-Christine

Wine and Dine Half Marathon Training Plans

photoThe next runDisney race on the Runs in Tutus itinerary will be the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon on Saturday, November 7th. We are really excited to run another Wine and Dine, and I’m especially thrilled that the race now coincides with the beginning of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! I am so excited to experience this ultimate Christmas Disney magic for the first time ever!

With the race quickly approaching, our crew has already started discussing costume ideas, dining reservations and park plans. Sometimes I get so excited about costumes and Disney magic that I forget one of the most important things – TRAINING FOR THE RACE!

For me personally, I’ve run so many half marathons that I can get away with very minimal training. I can always count on being able to finish the race with my average time as long as I do a couple of long runs a month or so before the race. I’ve decided that this year I want to avoid that trend and instead really challenge myself to break through new barriers. This year I will be shooting for a personal record at the Wine and Dine! My ultimate goal is to finish the race in less than two hours (this goal feels so much more attainable after finishing my first full marathon in March).

To hit this personal record, I’ve developed a 16 week training plan that begins the week of July 19th. From now until the first week of training, I’ll be continuing with my regular cross-training, and I’ll be running at least 5 miles a week. Once the plan begins, I will increase my mileage week by week. I plan to run 4 times a week with two days of cross-training and one day of rest.

I’ll be including my typical short runs throughout the week, but to really help with my PR goal, I’ve decided to incorporate some speed-play. I’m going to try a few Fartleks throughout my training to help increase my pace. If you’ve never heard of these, they’re just interval runs where you alternate back and forth between a faster, challenging pace and a slower, easy pace. I plan to alternate between 3 minutes of fast paced running and 2 minutes of slower paced running for my Fartlek runs.

Along with the speed work, I’ve also added a little extra mileage to my training plan to help with my PR. For a half marathon, I usually only run up to 11 or 12 miles before the race. This time, I’m going to try a couple of 14 mile runs to really push my endurance and make the race feel a little easier. I’ll hit the peak of my training the week of October 11th, then I’ll start tapering off the mileage up until the race.

If you’d like to follow along with me to train for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, you can find My Training Plan here. I realize that not everyone has the goal of hitting a personal record, so I’ve also included a Beginner Training Plan. This is more or less the plan I followed for my very first half marathon. With the Beginner Training Plan, I’d just recommend that you keep at least a 15 minute pace for all of your walks or runs. This will help you feel confident on race day, and you’ll be guaranteed to finish without the dreaded balloon ladies sweeping you off the course. Remember, the only thing that will prevent you from finishing that race is skipping your training runs!

Lastly, I just want to touch briefly on the cross-training days. There are so many fun things that you can do for cross-training: ballet, Zumba, weight-lifting, Spin, kayaking, Disney Inspired Workouts, Yoga, etc. Seriously, the wonderful world of cross-training is limitless. During our training journey to the Wine and Dine, our Runs in Tutus crew will definitely be posting about our cross-training adventures. I will also be posting many more Disney themed workouts. We’d love to hear about some of the crazy workouts you try as well!

Alright, Wine-os. Let the training begin! Do you have any specific training plans? Post your comments or questions below.

Hit the running trail and good luck!

-Amanda
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How to Make a Running Tutu (aka the runner’s little black dress)

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Given this blog is called “Runs in tutus,” you can probably guess how I feel about running in a tutu. The truth is, tutus (and Mickey waffles) are pretty much the reason I wake up in the morning. I’ve got loads of craft tips and tricks for making your race more magical, but first and foremost let’s learn how to make a proper tutu to wear to the ball.

Here are the detailed directions. You can print a shorter version of these instructions and a shopping list by clicking here: Running Tutu Quick Reference.

Step 1: Design your look

There is no right or wrong way to sport a tutu. It’s like a little black dress. Classic. I always start my craft projects by brainstorming how I want the final product to look. If I’m really in the mood to avoid doing my day job, I’ll pull out some markers and draw my tutu on a piece of paper. Pinterest is another source for tutu inspiration (and work avoidance). Here are a few questions to think about:

– Which color(s) would you like to use? Your tutu doesn’t have to be a solid color, you can alternate colors to create any look you want.

– Do you want the tutu to be sparkly?

– Are you trying to represent a character? If so, are there any ribbons or embellishments that might help your tutu look more like the character (for example felt hearts for a Queen of Hearts inspired look)?

– What kind of shirt will you wear?

Step 2: Gather your materials

You will need:

1. A coupon for your craft store! 

  • Friends don’t let friends overpay for craft supplies. If you are shopping at Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, or Michael’s, there will be coupons every week on the website and in their apps.
    They are mobile coupons that you can search for on your phone while you are in line at
    the store. Hobby Lobby has a 40% off one item coupon every week on their app, and
    both Michael’s and Joann’s will take it. So that’s a weekly 40% off option no matter
    which store you have close by.
  • If you don’t live near a craft store, Amazon is an excellent source for tutu materials.

2. 6” tulle on a spooltulle

  • I buy 2 spools (25 yards a roll) to make it through one solid color tutu. If alternating colors you would try one spool of each color. WARNING: Glitter tulle comes in shorter rolls (12 yards), so you may need more than 2 rolls.
  • You will find the spools in the wedding section at Joann’s and Michael’s. Hobby Lobby has an aisle of tulle near the fabric section of the store. They cost less than $4.00 when they are full price.

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  • Any color will do. ¼ inch and ½ inch elastic both work fine. You will find the elastic near the sewing needles and small sewing supplies in most craft stores. I’ve also found elastic at Walmart in the craft section.

4. Needle and thread, a sewing machine, or heat n’ bond and an iron to hold together elastic waist band

  • A variety of materials can hold together a waist band, and I will demonstrate them all in this tutorial. It really depends on how much time you have, and how durable you want your tutu to be.heatnbond
  • If you have the time, hand stitching using any color thread you’ve got handy or using a sewing machine will make the most durable tutu.
  • For a quick, no sew solution you can use heat n’ bond tape. It costs less than $3.00 and can be found in most craft stores and is also sold at Walmart.

5. Scissors and a pen or marker

Step 3: Make your tutu

1. Make the waistband:
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  • Size your waistband: Grab a pen or marker, and unroll the elastic waist band. Place the elastic around your waist pulling it slightly so it fits snug but comfortably around your waist. Use the pen or marker to mark a comfortable place to cut the elastic waistband.
  • Cut the waistband: The elastic will stretch when making the tutu, so cutlay your elastic out on the table and cut the elastic approximately 1 inch SHORTER than where you put your pen mark.
  • Connect your waistband: Now it’s time to connect the two ends of your elastic. Form a circle with the elastic and make the ends of the elastic overlap by 1 inch.
  • Bond your waistband: You have two options for bonding the waistband. Option 1: Sew the ends together by hand or with a sewing machine. Option 2: Use a no-sew heat-bond product. I have used both methods on many different tutus, and they both have been suitable for a race tutu. The seam of the waistband does not need to be “pretty” because it will be hidden by tulle.
    • Option 1 Sewing: To sew by hand, thread your needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Use and over under stitch to secure all the edges. I just stitch until the elastic feels secure. If you have a sewing machine, you can use any basic stitch you’d like. I’ve experimented with straight stitches, zig zag stitches, and stretch stitches and they’ve all worked out just fine. My advice: Keep it simple.
    • Option 2 No Sew heat bond: Cut or tear about an inch of the heat bond tape. Place the tape between the 2 ends of the elastic. Next, press and hold a hot iron on top of the elastic (right over where you put the tape). Disclaimer: Heat bond ironing procedures can vary slightly by brand so double check the instructions on the package of your tape before you start this step.

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  • Cut the tulle: You will now cut many strips of tulle to be tied to the elastic waistband. I usually cut the entire roll at once. The length of the strips comes down to your preference. I prefer a shorter tutu because I don’t like the tulle to rub between my legs while I am running (chafing is not magical)
    • The length of your tutu will be half the length of the strip you cut. I usually cut the tulle in 14 inch strips, so I have about a 7 inch tutu. For reference, the picture of the Queen of Hearts tutu at the top of this blog is an image of a 7 inch tutu.
  • Attach the tulle: You will now put everything together.
    • Stretch out the elastic waist band over the top of a chair or box. You want it to be stretched close to maximum stretch so your tutu has all the right fluff in all the right places……stretchelastic
    • You will attach the tulle to the elastic using a slip knot.
      • Fold a strip of tulle in half.
      • Slide the folded tulle under the waistband so that the folded side is on the top.
      • Grab the dangling ends of the tulle and pull them through the loop.
      • Continue to tie slipknots of tulle on the waistband until the entire elastic waistband is covered with tulle.photo

While I have pictures here on how to tie a slipknot, this step can be tricky. I made a short video on how to tie a slipknot in case you need some more detailed instructions.

Step 4: (optional) Decorate your tutu

1. Attach decorations: Tulle is very forgiving and you can use hot glue to add all kinds of fun things to your tutu. Here are some optional items you can add:

  • White pom poms to a red tutu for a Minnie inspired look
  •  A bow to the back of your tutu for a princess inspired look
  • White stars on a blue tutu for a super hero inspired look

Step 5: Wear your tutu!

Congrats! Your tutu is ready for the race! I recommend taking it for a test ride before the day of the race just to make sure you are comfortable with the length and the feel. You can experiment with what works best to wear under your tutu. Running skirts, shorts, capris, leggings, and yoga pants can all be worn under tutus. Choose what makes you feel the most comfortable.

I hope this tutu tutorial helped you make a magical race costume! I’d love to see your final product! You can send us your awesome tutu pics on twitter @runsintutus

-Christine